Cross-linked nano-onions of carbon nitride in the solid phase: Existence of a novel C48N12 aza-fullerene

Sven Stafström, Linköpings universitet
Zsolt Czigány, Linköpings universitet
Jörg Neidhardt, Linköpings universitet
Niklas Hellgren, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ian F. Brunell, Linköpings universitet
Kazu Suenaga, Meijo University
Christian Colliex, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides
Lars Hultman, Linköpings universitet


Reactive magnetron sputtering is presented as a new method to synthesize fullerenelike structures at low substrate temperatures that can constitute solid materials. With this method, thin films consisting of cross-linked carbon nitride nano-onions can be synthesized.